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Review / ‘Terminator: Genisys’ (M) ***

NOW that Arnold Schwarzenegger has retired from gubernatorial duties, the best description for the timeline in the screenplay that Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Loussier confected to wring more juice from the Terminator franchise is “crazy”. Arnie once again plays the android Guardian sent in the first Terminator film to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and […]

amy winehouse

Review / ‘Amy’ (MA) ***

RUNNING for 128 minutes, London-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s documentary about jazz singer Amy Winehouse is a collage of interviews with family and people involved in her life and career and movie images from her family archives and, not surprisingly, the media scavenging that no celebrity can avoid. That intro, stating the bleeding obvious, should surprise […]

far from the madding crowd

Review / ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (M) *** and a half

IN 1967, John Schlesinger directed Julie Christie as Bathsheba Everdene and Terence Stamp as Sgt Troy in a 157-minute adaptation of perhaps the least gloomy of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels. The dramatic emphasis in Thomas Vinterberg’s 118-minute, 2015 version focuses more on the relationship between Bathsheba and stolid, reliable Dorset sheep-farmer Gabriel Oak, whose function […]

ted 2

Review / ‘Ted 2′ (MA) ** and a half

COARSE humour has been around for millennia and only prudes would gainsay it. Satire of public institutions, human frailties and cultural habits has nourished literary invention throughout written history. Consequences of a mating of these styles can be fun, not necessarily with high aesthetic or moral values but confirmation that laughter is indeed a good […]

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Review / ‘Walking the Camino’ (PG) *** and a half

IN “The Way” (2010), Martin Sheen played a man who, after a spur-of-the-moment decision, walks 800kms from Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and its cathedral where the disciple St James is reportedly buried. In 2013, Lydia Smith made this documentary about six people making the same pilgrimage. There’s much […]

The Mafia Only Kills in Summer

Review / ‘The Mafia Only Kills in Summer’ (M) *** and a half

PIERFRANCESCO Diliberto’s professional name is “Pif”, a boon to reviewers because in this warm story of love amid political turmoil in 1980s Sicily, Pif has credits for directing, writing and playing the adult Arturo whose observations of the confrontation between the Mafia and law enforcement provide the film’s structural framework. Since primary school, Arturo (played […]

Russell Brand

Review / “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (M) ***

IN Michael Winterbottom’s documentary, comedian Russell Brand rants against the financial inequality that he alleges has given more wealth to 80 billionaires than the wealth shared by the rest of the world’s population. In the film’s 101 minutes, Brand delivers a polemic reflecting a strong socialist attitude, angry, noisy and irreverent, a mass of statistics […]